My day : who the hell invented computers!!
Today was one of those days that you would like to rewind and start again, but unfortunately, you can't.
It all started when I installed the lovely new stylish version of Windows Vista, which allowed me to upgrade from Windows XP leaving me with a good mind that it will allow me to de-grade when I please, I was wrong. Yesterday was the final day, I had had enough of the slow, buggy, memory draining monstrosity that was before my eyes so I decided it had to go, but wait a second, where is the un-install option??
After hours of searching for this lifeline, I decided to get rid of the whole darn lot. But that would be a headache of its own; due to my other computer also being violently ill, I had to backup 100GB of data on to tiny IBM Thinkpad hard drives which I have in only 8GB versions - very annoying.
Backup done. Now Dell has specified that if I boot my Laptop and press Ctrl + F12, the recovery partition will engage and I will be able to re-install back to normal, again, I was wrong. The remedy didn't work and after more hours of searching, I discovered that their was no partition to be found at all. I was not a happy bunny.
Fortunately, I had to hand my other computers XP install disc. Now I have heard that it is legal to re-install using the same operating system providing that you use your own legitimate serial number, in which case I did. The install went well and I was on route to success, I was wrong AGAIN.
Please activate windows via the internet is displayed before my eyes, Windows has not installed my netwok card or wireless card so that made it completely pointless. I chose the activate via telephone which helpfully gave me no installation ID to provide the Indian Microsoft activation guidance with, icing on my day!
After a very expensive premium rate call, I decided I had to go bad. Being very illiegal, I somehow magically came upon a non legitimate serial number which I thought I would type in and then contact Dell to resolve the problem, great, it worked. WRONG AGAIN!
Upon letting me into Windows, I installed my wireless network drivers and was set going, following that, I was bombarded with Spyware which provided me with allsorts of pictures, websites and explict content enough to kill anyones computer. I shut my laptop down and restarted :
SYSTEM32 Cannot be found.
Brand new setup!
Intel Core 2 Quad Extreme Edition QX6800 (2.93GHz)
Intel Extreme D975XBX2KR Motherboard
BFG GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB GDDR3
Corsair 2GB DDR2 XMS2 Dominator RAM
Thermaltake VE2000SWA Armour LCS Super Tower
Western Digital Raptor X 150GB X2